Five on Friday

Friday, December 6, 2013


I know we still have a couple of weeks until winter officially begins but it has really started to feel like fall has left us around here lately and somehow we've skipped right to Spring! I'm sure I probably sound like a broken record this week talking about nothing but weather and sickness but it really has been strange. What's even crazier is that according to the forecast, it's supposed to snow on Sunday. And believe it or not, I can't wait! Usually, I hate the cold and pray every year that we will have a mild winter (for the sake of my immune system mostly) but I'm actually kind of missing the frosty weather. It just doesn't feel like the holidays without a few snowflakes!

Although the turkey is long gone and my focus is shifting to all sorts of wintery, Christmas-y things, I'm finding that my heart is still so full of the spirit of Thanksgiving. There's still so much to be thankful for and these Friday posts really helped put things into perspective. So I thought maybe I would extend them at least until Christmas if that's alright with you... No problem? Okay, let's get to it!

1. Family, family, family. There is really nothing greater in the world than family. Whether they live right down the road or they are miles and miles away, I am so thankful for each and every one of them. I am so blessed to have such loving parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins both on my side and Mike's. I love them all to pieces and I pray that they know how grateful I am for how they've touched my life.

2. Frienship. I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends throughout the years. From growing up in a cul-de-sac full of kids my age, moving year to year with the same group of friends from kindergarten all the way through high school, forming bonds with my roommates in college, meeting my co-workers at Hopkins, and now discovering so many beautiful ladies out here on the blogosphere, I am so happy to have so many wonderful people in my life.

3. Things that make me nostalgic. The other day I was driving down an old road near my college that I used to travel frequently whenever the weather was beautiful and I needed a break from the stress of schoolwork. I used to roll down my windows, blast some feel-good music, and take a sunset cruise down those little back roads that wind through the country. I would stop and take pictures of the gorgeous scenery, the little homes, and horses on their farms with the white fences and red barns. Those roads hold such fond memories for me and it's little things like going back to these kinds of places that make me thankful to have had these experiences in the first place.

4. Nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers. I watched this video this morning and while it made me tear up, at the same time it completely warmed my heart.

We are so incredibly fortunate to have the advanced medical technology that we have today but without the time and care of our nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals, the technology would be useless. It is only because of their hard work and dedication that so many lives are saved every day. Without them, little Ward would probably not have made it. They give up so much time away from their own families to care for ours and I am so grateful for all that they do.

5. The holidays. This really is the most wonderful time of the year. Families gather, people are kinder, smiles are brighter, each day is a bit more magical, and I am constantly reminded that there is so much to love and be thankful for in this life.

1 comment:

  1. I am thankful for each and every point you've listed here as well.